Memories of a Princess who cared
Khao Sod editorial _ The whole country is still mourning the death of Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, whose life was marked by her dedication to helping the country's poor and needy. The eldest sister of His Majesty the King passed away at 2.54am on Jan 2 at the age of 84.
The King declared a 100-day mourning period among royal family members and royal court officials.
The Surayud government also announced a 15-day mourning period for government officials and state enterprise workers, and flags at all public buildings will be flown at half mast for 15 days.
Since the Princess was hospitalised for abdominal cancer in October last year, members of the public have expressed deep concern for her health and well-being.
A large number of people gathered at Siriraj Hospital to express their love and loyalty to the Princess, who had devoted her energies to rural development and education, particularly in impoverished regions of the country.
She followed in the footsteps of the King, who himself has tirelessly worked to better the lives of his people. She also took part in royal projects initiated by HRH the Princess Mother to help northern hilltribe people and needy lowland people.
Apart from these royal activities, Princess Galyani was noted for her interest in education. She was a lecturer and supporter of various educational activities.
We express our heartfelt condolences on the passing of the beloved Princess.